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SonnyWimps 05-01-2008 05:32 PM

Horse shoes
How many people have their horse shod or barefoot? Also why do you choose to have them like that?

Sonny is barefooted and will probably always be. I keep him barefoot for really 3 reasons
1) he has great feet...he doesn't need shoes
2) it's healthier for a horse to be barefooted (IMO)
3) I couldn't afford shoes on him anyways :lol:

appylover31803 05-01-2008 05:42 PM

Vega and Gem are both barefoot.

We don't do anything with them that would require them to have shoes.

Like Sonny, i feel it is healthier for them to be barefoot (better circulation IMO)
I don't have to worry about them throwing shoes.
They have better traction without shoes on.

And both of them were barefoot when we got them and we just kept it that way.

PoptartShop 05-01-2008 07:10 PM

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Lexi is barefoot, I also agree. It's healthier for the hooves & cheaper, too. :D

PaintHorseMares 05-02-2008 09:29 PM

All three of our Paint mares are barefoot and they all ride fine over almost anything. I do avoid that nasty, sharp driveway type gravel, though. BTW, riding barefoot on asphalt part of the time is a great way to help keep them trimmed.

buckaroo2010 05-02-2008 11:16 PM

Yeah buck is Barefoot also his feet are really strong and healthy so ill prob leave him barefoot as long as I can :)

KANSAS_TWISTER 05-02-2008 11:21 PM

my 2 are bare foot, it's doesn't cost that much around here for our horses to be shod, $25.00 for a trim and $50.00 to be shod

Dumas'_Grrrl 05-02-2008 11:26 PM

Wow... I'm surprized how many are barefoot...My guys are barefoot.

Same reasons as stated already. Cost less, no worry about loose/lost shoes, better for the horses.

buckaroo2010 05-02-2008 11:26 PM

yeah thats the same as my farrier charges $25 for just trim and $45 I think for shoes

Bitless 05-03-2008 03:53 AM

both my boys are Barefoot. And i trim them myself :D

Vidaloco 05-03-2008 04:47 AM

Ours have always been barefoot too. Only one time did I feel they needed shoes/boots but that was fairly mountainous, rocky terrain. I think I was more worried about their feet then they were :wink: We do keep a pair of boots now for those trails.

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